In the parking lot at Dawson Community College, on April 28th, students involved in the Engineering Technology program got some practical experience. Thanks in part to the Glendive Rotary Club for their generous support, a team of students headed by Engineering Technology Instructor John Marble got to work constructing forms for a 3,000 lbs picnic table of their own design.
As part of this ‘real world’ construction project the students were asked to conceive, design and present plans with a cost analysis to Mrs. Sandra Cargill for approval before the actual fabrication could begin. The design specifications called for the table to have a round top and be cedar brown in color with a pebble finish. Mrs. Cargill was very pleased with the presentation, saying, “The students did a wonderful job”.
Fisher Sand & Gravel delivered the colored cement mixture in the early afternoon of the 28th just as the students were making final preparations to the forms and rebar. “This was an opportunity for the students to learn the importance of good communication with fellow workers and subcontractors on the job site” said Marble. Due to its weight the table will be moved by forklift on May 14th to a position in front of Toepke Center. The community is invited to take a stroll on the campus walking trails, bring a lunch and enjoy the new picnic table. Those involved in the project included graduate candidate students: Blayne Rau, Allen Hrubes, Brad Sharbono, Corey Scheitlin, and Trent Hansen. Other students in the project included: Dustin Harpster, and Jesse Gillespie.
Marble went on to say “Those who are involved in the Engineering Technology program are excited to be graduating our first class of students this week. As we prepare students for a broad range of Engineering jobs we look to a bright future at DCC, providing training in alternative energy technologies - such as wind, solar, geothermal, and bio-fuels”. Currently DCC has a 100 foot tall Meteorological Tower (MET) in place, and has just recently purchased two production wind turbines that will be installed this fall.
For more information about the Engineering Technology program at DCC contact instructor John Marble at 406.377.9498. He can answer questions about career opportunities in engineering and transfer requirements.